Apr 6, 2016

British Superbikes Championship 2016: Martin Jessopp aims to 'hit the ground running' at Silverstone

It is just two days until the 2016 British Superbikes Championship gets underway at Silverstone.

All the riders have now completed testing at the opening venue and Donnington and will be making their final changes before heading into the first weekend of racing.

For Martin Jessopp it was good to get his BMW back out on the track in the UK having tested previously in Circuito de Cartagena and Circuito Gaudix in Spain, as well as checking out the competition for the upcoming season.

"Everyone was there and although we had all been comparing times out in Spain, we all had transponders on so there was no exaggerating," Jessopp said.

"The first session at Silverstone I didn't go out because the track conditions weren't great, so we waited until the second session when it had dried out a bit. The times and the speed were good.

"We are looking OK."

After a slow start to the 2015 campaign - in which Jessopp picked up just two top-15 places and three championship points from the first six meets - the Yeovil rider is looking to start this new BSB season how he finished the last.

Competition will be fierce once again, particularly with Leon Haslam having returned to the national scene after eight years in the World Championship, but Jessopp will be aiming to emulate his Thruxton performance from last year when he achieved two top ten finishes.

"The bike is the same as last year and is good enough to go out there and get good results. I just need to get myself ready now," he said.

"They are long races in BSB and although my brain was up to speed straight away in testing, like with any physical sport there is fatigue. That is why I am so strict on fitness, but nothing can prepare you for it.

"But I have been working with (fitness instructor) Russ Wells to be in the best shape possible so that I am entering the season 100 per cent fit and healthy. I have no injury problems and I want to keep it that way this season.

"From the outset points are the target and we want to hit the ground running. You can score points from 15th place and upwards, so I want to be finish at least 15th on a bad day and on a good day getting into that top ten."

Thanks to the Western Gazette for the use of this article.